Increased premium burdens in 2016 for Obamacare users may have helped to sink Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations as the campaign rolled on, according to federal insurance data and a political analyst at the University of Virginia.
In what would become battleground states in the November election,
Obamacare premium hikes were higher than the 2016 national average of 13
percent. In Pennsylvania, the increase was 14.6, while North Carolina’s
increase was more than double the national average
at 29 percent. Iowa’s rate hike stood at
Those who developed a preference for Trump may have
rationalized and reinforced their support for the GOP nominee in terms
of issues such as healthcare costs, said Geoffrey Skelley, an analyst
for The University of Virginia’s Center for
Politics. And voters who remained on the fence until late in the
election campaign tended to support Trump over the Democratic nominee,
Skelley said premium increases in 2016, plus the
2017 rate hikes announced in October, may have tipped the Electoral
College numbers in Donald Trump’s favor.
“It’s safe to say that the late October announcement of a premium hike
was one more negative story in a sea of them for Hillary Clinton and
Democrats in the closing days of the campaign,” Skelley told
Patient Daily in an email.
Further increases in healthcare costs didn’t do Clinton any favors,
election data shows. For instance, in Pennsylvania, the announced rate
hike for 2017 plans was 29.08 percent; North Carolina, 19.23 percent;
and Iowa, 33.41 percent. Trump carried all three
of those states. The average premium increase for benchmark plans in
2017 was 22 percent.
Obamacare rate hikes may have helped to stall Clinton campaign